This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In the September number of the Monthly you compared several of the new early Peaches with mine (the Downing), which was quite favorable to the latter, but closed by calling it a clingstone. Please define what you consider a clingstone. In my experience in peach growing, we have three classes, viz: free, cling, and half or semi-cling. In the latter we class Hale's, Early York, Early Rareripe, Walter's Early, and others, all of which part from the pitt, but not freely. My Early Seedlings are of this class. My experience is, that in some seasons they adhere to the pit more than in others, but are never true clingstones.
A few years ago I shipped to a friend a few crates of true Old Mixon free. He wrote back that he wanted no cling-stones. That season our free-stones were about as much clings as the Hales and its class generally are. On the other hand, we have had seasons when the latter were received without objection to their being clings.
Am I wrong in classifying as above? Or is the experience of peach growers different from mine? Please explain.
[Mr. Engle is right. . Peaches are divided into two classes, free and cling. There is another, which is generally free, and yet often clings considerably to the stone. We have never thought so much about this, as since Mr. Downing's note in regard to the Alexander. There should be three recognized classes. - Ed. G. M.]